Bicycle Film Festival - EMPIRE BEGINS
Feature Film + Q&A with directors/cast

Available to Stream May 7th - 31st

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The 20th Anniversary of Bicycle Film Festival is going virtual.

BFF presents a FREE virtual retrospective screening of EMPIRE BEGINS.

Directed by Christian Thormann + Luke Stiles  

Q&A following the feature film with filmmakers Christian Thormann + Luke Stiles, along with cast members: Dagga Gaines, Kai Perez, Yatika Starr Fields, James "007" Moore, Tom LaMarche, Dwain Walters, John-Taki Theodoracopulos, Dan Salazar, and Mike T. Schmitt. Moderated by BFF founding director, Brendt Barbur.

Virtual Premiere: Friday, May 7 at 7:00pm ET.

Available to stream at anytime May 7 - 31.

A paid ticket keeps screenings free for others.


EMPIRE BEGINS premiered in 2010 at the Bicycle Film Festival, and sold out dozens of screenings around the world.

The long-awaited urban cycling feature film following the city's best riders as they take to the streets of New York City. Riders profiled include: Tom Lamarche, WONKA, Dagga, John Prolly, Mike Schmitt, Kai Perez, Yatika Starr Fields, John Taki, Dan Chabanov and more. Directors Luke Stiles and Chris Thormann made EMPIRE BEGINS to show what it's like to ride a fixed-gear bike in traffic, with bike messengers, bike lovers, and where it all began in New York City.

Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film and music for the last 20 years with over 90 cities worldwide and a viewer audience of 1 million and growing. The festival has an incredible history of working with the most important artists, filmmakers, venues, and institutions around the world. 

How does the virtual Bicycle Film Festival: EMPIRE BEGINS work? A ticket allows you to view EMPIRE BEGINS followed by Q&A with directors + cast from May 7 at 7:00pm ET at any time through May 31 at 11:59pm ET streamed to your computer, tablet, or smart TV by simply clicking on the link provided by email 15 minutes before opening date and time. You may view BFF in one sitting, or as you will, from the comfort and safety of your home. Ticket prices are "sliding scale:" FREE, $10, $15, $20 so all ticket prices entitle you to the same content. All prices are in USD. A paid ticket keeps screenings free for others.




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